Trainer Helen Page has been thrilled with the condition of stable star Rudy this time and is confident a dry track at Randwick on Saturday will not hinder the gelding’s chances for success in the featured Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).
Rudy has displayed a keen ability to perform particularly well at the highest level on tracks that have been affected by rain in the days prior to jump; most notably an impressive fourth in the featured Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) during the recent Sydney Autumn Carnival.
While conceding a number of his better performances have not been on dry tracks, Page told Racing Ahead she is confident Rudy will line up for the 2015 Epsom Handicap in peak order and is ready to run the race of his career.
“He is good on top of the ground,” Page said.
“It is just that he has won a lot of his races on wet tracks.
“Everybody thinks that he is just a wet tracker and I have had jockeys refuse to ride him and take other rides because they thought he was just a wet tracker and then say ‘sorry I thought he was just a wet tracker’.
“He is effective on any sort of going and that is the good thing about Rudy.
“I only have the one to take to these carnivals and it is really good when they can handle all these conditions.
“It is pretty terrible if they don’t because you are always scratching and looking for other races.”
Rudy returned to racing for a credible third in a Doomben minor over 1350m on August 22nd; progressing to third in the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) before placing second in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) on September 19th.
“Our victory is going to come this Saturday,” Page added.
“I have set him for the race and the other races were lead-up runs coming into it.
“He is peaking at the right time.
“It is a tough race and I am not being silly, but it is good prizemoney and we have had this as our goal this time in.”
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